Committee Members

Greg Cook


0418 403 960

Greg has been a proud SES volunteer since 1996 commencing at the Northam SES Unit. During his time in the Midland’s Region, Greg was able to assist other volunteers by being the region SES Consultative Committee and VA Representative. AS well as his activities at the Northam Unit, time was spent as the acting Local Manager, York SES Unit and the Training Manager at the Trayning SES Unit. After relaxing in the Midlands for 8 years, Greg departed for a period of service as a FESA DM working out of Port Hedland and serving local FESA VES and SES Units. Since returning to Perth, Greg served as the Section Leader Regional Operations Section (the Belmont Bunker). More recently he has firmly placed some antennas and a satellite dish on his head. Showing that level of instability, he has been entrusted with being the Local Manager of the Communication Support Unit. Being a person that is challenged by technology, he could not resist the opportunity for personal development. All CSU members are currently hoping that learning will take place one day, preferably soon. He also holds many SES and National Emergency Management qualifications.  Outside of the SES, Greg is a Senior Risk Consultant working in the public and private sectors. His functions include developing solutions for community-based emergency management issues and managing emergencies in facilities planning and training.

Duties of the President:

The President has the responsibility to ensure the successful functioning of the Association, the attainment of its objectives and the adherence to the constitution.  The President, as the name implies, presides at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.


Vice President

0428 612 480


Duties of the Vice-President

The Vice-President maybe required to take on any of the Presidential duties when invited to do so by the President or when the President is, unable to undertake those duties. If, for any reason, the President's office falls vacant, the Vice-Presidents may act as interim President until a new one is elected.

Phil Bresser ESM

Vice President

0412 977 525

Phil has been a volunteer member of the SES for over 34 years with both Murray and Mandurah SES Units.  He started with Murray SES as young 16 year old where he spent his first 16 years before moving to Mandurah. Phil has served in a variety of roles including Rescue Team Leader, Deputy Local Manager, and Training Manager. Phil has been on numerous interstate and intrastate deployments including Yaris in 2011.

Duties of the Vice-President

The Vice-President maybe required to take on any Presidential duties when invited to do so by the President or when the President is, unable to undertake those duties. If, for any reason, the President's office falls vacant, the Vice-Presidents may act as interim President until a new one is elected.

Lin Booth


0428 612 480

Lin has been a volunteer in the Mundaring Unit of the State Emergency Service since March 2000.  During his time in the SES Lin has been a Deputy Local Manager (2002-2004), Local Manager (2004-2010) and is currently the Training Manager for the Unit. He is also a Field Search Controller.  This has resulted in Lin being involved in a number of searches and operations in Western Australia.  Lin is a Senior Assessor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, USAR, Communications, Chainsaw, Storm Damage and is also a Trainer/Assessor in Basic General Rescue, 4WD Recovery, 4WD Off Road Driving and Search Team Leader.  Lin has been involved in training with several units in the Pilbara, and the metropolitan area.


Duties of the Secretary:
The Secretary is the principal administrative officer of the Association and is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Association. The Secretary prepares, in consultation with the President, meeting agendas.   The Secretary is required to attend Association meetings and take minutes for distribution to members.

Robbie Palmer


0409 978 934

Robbie joined Mundaring SES in 1997. He has held many postions in the Unit including  Local Manager, Deputy Local Manager, Treasurer, Admin Officer and currently holds the position of Training Manager. Robbie currently holds Trainer Assessor qualifications in Storm Damage, AIIMS Awareness, Navigate to an Incident, BGR, USAR cat 1, Radio Communications.  Operational Experience includes Searches across the state, running storm damage operations and Bush Fire support.

Duties of the Treasurer:
The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the Association. The Treasurer receives and deposits monies, maintains records, presents accounts in the form of a report, at each meeting and the Annual General meeting.


North East

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Bassendean SES, Belmont SES, Swan SES and Mundaring SES


Trevor Patton ESM


0419 968 203

During Trevor’s 35 years at the Karratha SES Unit he has had a number of roles including rescue team member, rescue team leader and rescue officer. During this period Trevor attended many large operations such as the 1997 Ashburton River floods, numerous Cyclones (STC Bobby - 1995/STC Vance - 1999/STC George – 2007/STC Veronica - 2019/STC Damien - 2020) and many Land Search operations throughout the Pilbara Region with the De Grey River search being one of the largest with a duration of seven days. 

Trevor has been a key organiser setting up and coordinating the Pilbara Regions annual training weekends (PILEX).  Trevor was voted deputy Local Manager in 2006 and was appointed Local Manager in 2007. Trevor represented the Pilbara on the SES Consultative Committee for 3 years subsequently becoming a member of the SES Volunteer Advisory Committee commencing in 2014. He has also been a member of SES Volunteers Association since 2013 holding the Kimberley Representative positions, Trevor took on the Kimberley Rep’s role as there were no nominee as such he could not allow a region not have representation on such an important committee which ensure representation when such representation is so vital to ensuring the vibrance of SES into the future and beyond. In 2019 Trevor took on the Pilbara Representative role. 

 In 2010 was the winner of the 2010 Peter Keilor Award in recognition of this diligent service to the communities within the City of Karratha and the wider Pilbara Region. Trevor is also a Trainer/Assessor in many training packages and is always very supportive to ensure his fellow volunteers receive the required training by assisting with the DFES Regional Training Program on an annual basis with some five-course undertaken each year.

In Trevor’s day job he ensures regulatory compliance is adhered to for some 43 dangerous goods sites throughout the Pilbara, Kimberley along with the Cocos Keeling and Christmas Island which provides opportunities to conduct weekend training for the VFES Units time permitting.



Hedland SES, Karratha SES, Exmouth SES, Tom Price SES, Newman SES & Roebourne -Wickham SES

Martin Seward

South East

0417 997 875


Armadale SES, Kalamunda SES, Gosnells SES, Canning-South Perth SES, Mundaring SES, Serpentine-Jarrahdale SES  and SWORD (incl. CSU, Canine, Mounted, Logistics)


North Coastal

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Northshore SES, Stirling SES, Bayswater SES, Wanneroo - Joondalup SES and Two Rocks SES

Leah O'Neill


0491 275 919

Leah has volunteered with Kununurra SES unit since 2017 and has been the training manager there since November 2018.  Leah recently completed her Trainer Assessor qualification and is currently seeking endorsement for Basic General Rescue and Navigate to an Incident.


Broome SES, Kununurra SES, and Derby SES 


South Coastal

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Rockingham-Kwinana SES, Melville SES , Cockburn SES, & Mandurah SES

Sarge Bottacin

Midlands- Goldfields

0419 909 523

Sarge first Attended Northam & Districts SES (NDSES) in 1987, he attend on an invitation from a friend who was already a member of NDSES, He was instantly welcomed as part of the team and the association with SES and NDSES has been continual ever since.

During his time with the unit he have gained all skills and qualifications that are offered he is also a Trainer assessor in AIIMS Awareness, Basic General Rescue, Chainsaw Operations, Field Radio Operator, Land Search Team Member, Navigate to An Incident, Net Control Station Operator, Operations Room, SES Induction, Storm & Water Damage Operations, and Urban Search & Rescue Cat 1 & WAERN Radio.

Sarge has also held the positions of Deputy Local Manager NDSES, Training Manager NDSES, Local Manager NDSES & Volunteer Regional Training Coordinator, Midlands Region where I looked after training for regional Units such as Moora, Merredin, and Toodyay, in fact he is still providing training assistance with these units now, and have also travelled to Kalgoorlie and Norseman helping with training. Sarge is also Search Team Leader, Level 1 Incident Controller and Sector Commander. Winner of the prestigious Peter Keilor Award 2009, Represented WA in The national Rescue Competitions in Brisbane 2009, and Life member of NDSES and on a more comical side 3 time winner of the NDSES District Officer Natural Hazards Screw up of the year award and probably the last remaining member of the Volunteer Of Midlands Instructional Team (VOMIT).

On standing down as Local Manager Northam SES, Sarge  continued on as Training Manager in Northam however in more recent times, have since transferred to Merredin SES as Training Manager, where he continue providing operational and training support to volunteers throughout the region.     

Sarge has been involved with some high profile searches such the missing girl Harley Dodd, Business man Craig Puddy, along as Incident controller for the Tornados in Kellerberrin, Team leader in the Moora Floods, Operations officer for the Northam Storms and Floods.  


Toodyay SES, Kalgoorlie-Boulder SES,  Merredin SES and Northam SES

Steve Cable ESM


0417 994 277

Steve commenced his Emergency Services career with two years as a member of the Parkerville Bush Fire Brigade.  He joined the Ambulance Service in Exmouth in 1972 and was OIC until 1982.  On moving to Karratha in 1985, Steve joined the SES there and served in Karratha for 10 years as Rescue Officer and a further 10 years as Local Manager.   During his years of service, Steve has experienced and organised the response to a myriad of events:  as Team Leader responding to hundreds of vehicle crashes, storm damage, floods and major cyclone events (Cyclone Bobby and Vance).  These were of magnitudes involving loss of life and required running the E/R response to three towns, numerous stations and rescue and resupply for flood stranded vehicles – all within the same operation.   Additionally, Steve has been Team Leader for 16 rope rescues, eight of which were at Karajini National Park (being the operations officer for the recovery of the Jim Reagan).  Since moving to Kalbarri in 2006 Steve joined the local SES unit, which he assisted to build into a professional E/R group, serving as a main stay to an area where deployment of 300-400 kms is not unusual.   Steve was appointed Rescue Officer and has been Local Manager for approximately eleven years.   In addition, Steve is an instructor in nearly all SES disciplines and travels throughout the region running courses.  Steve is also on Regional committees, including on a state level, having served as a Consultative Committee member for 10 years. 


Carnarvon SES, Useless Loop SES, Shark Bay SES, Kalbarri SES, Meekatharra SES, Moora SES, Geraldton-Greenough  SES & Coastal Districts (Eneabba) SES.

Brian Kyrwood

South West

0427 984 523

Brian has been a member of the Western Australia Emergency Services for over 42 years both as a WA Police Officer and as a member of the State Emergency Service (SES).  As an SES member Brian has been an active member of both the Rockingham-Kwinana and Bunbury Units and has always involved himself in the many and varied aspects of SES activities and functions.  Brian obtained extensive experience in Leadership, Search and Rescue, and communications during his years as a police officer which he has been able to utilise as an SES member.

As a current member of the Bunbury SES unit Brian has actively involved himself in the units Search and Rescue role, Operations & Communications role, Team Leader pathway and as an active member of the South West ICV crew.  In early 2019 Brian deployed to Esperance as part of the South West deployment team to assist with the bush fire emergency there.  Brian is dedicated to raising the profile of the SESVA to all SES members particularly those in the South West District and actively engages with members to be a positive conduit between South West District units and the SESVA.


Australind SES, Bunbury SES, Collie SES, Harvey SES & Murray  SES.


Lower South West

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Augusta/Margaret River SES, Nannup SES,   Bridgetown SES, Busselton SES, Manjimup SES, Donnybrook SES and Walpole SES 


Upper Great Southern

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Boddington SES, Narrogin SES,Pingelly SES and Wagin SES

Robert Boyes

Great Southern

0427 999 304

Robert has been a member of the Albany SES unit for the last six years. He has qualified in various areas including General Rescue, Storm Damage, Search Team member, USAR, Operations and Communications, Roof Safety Systems, Water Bomber loader, Chainsaw Operator, All Terrain Utility (ATU) operator, 4x4 Driving and Recovery and tracking dog training to name a few. His training has been augmented by extensive experience covering the multitude of SES disciplines which included six days involved in the Esperance fires of 2015, multiple searches and fires in the Stirling Ranges and ongoing callouts to incidents along the South Coast and Perongerup Ranges. He is in his fourth year as Regional Representative and is also a member of the Volunteers Advisory Council (VAC) as well as the General Rescue Utility PAT.


Albany SES, Denmark SES, Gnowangerup SES, Mount Barker SES, Esperence SES and Ravensthorpe SES

John Capes OAM

Editor and Webmaster

0407 429 554

John has been a volunteer member of the SES for 39 years and originally joined the Wanneroo SES unit. John held a number of positions in the Wanneroo unit including six years as Local Manager.  In recent years John has focused his service to the SES Volunteer Association. John was the inaugural Association President and then held the position of Vice President.  John has the responsibly of managing the Associations Media and publications which include the website, App, diary and calendar. 

Bella Scharfenstein

Adminstration Officer

0499 619 287

The SESVA Administration Officer role is to assist the Executive in the day to day running of the SESVA.